The Western Force surprised the Melbourne Rebels with a tight 13-11 Super Rugby win on Friday. The Force moved quickly and slotted a penalty in the opening minute courtesy of Zack Holmes. Three points to a minute was a great ratio to start off with but a false dawn it would prove to be in Victoria.
Mike Harris drew level for the hosts 13 minutes later but it took just 180 seconds before Holmes restored the lead for the Western Australia franchise. A dour first half ended 6-3 to the men from Perth. It took 12 minutes before there was a disturbance to the scoreboard in the second half.
Harris slotted his second kick to level matters at 6-6. On 64 minutes the Force finally crossed the line to move in front. It was right wing Luke Morahan who went over for the visitors and Holmes duly converted to open up a 13-6 lead going into the last quarter of an hour.
Five minutes after the conversion substitute Telusa Veainu crossed the white wash for the hosts however the try was not converted and at 13-11 it was guaranteed to be a nail biting last nine minutes. In the end the Force held on for a surprise win.